By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
Hello, 2018! The New Year is here, and the holidays are behind us. By now, our stretchy pants have burst at the seam, our belt buckles have broken, and our scales are clearly lying to us. It’s time to get back on track after devouring all of the Christmas cookies, potato latkes and champagne that we could get our hands on this past holiday season. Luckily, Fit Foodz Cafe, located at the Reserve Shopping Center in West Boca, is here to help.
The healthy fast-casual restaurant trend is on the rise, and Boca Raton is no stranger to its popularity. Fit Foodz Cafe is the perfect example of this fit and fresh mindset, making sure to accommodate any dietary need, whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, or whatever lifestyle you abide by. Fit Foodz Cafe also offers catering, juice cleanses and rotating weekly meal plans.
Owner Susan Klein started Fit Foodz Cafe after she made the personal decision to lose weight, eat healthier and start exercising. She combined her degree in International Business and her 20+ years in the restaurant industry with her new lifestyle to create a cafe-style restaurant with both dine-in and take-out options, as well as homemade snacks and desserts, juices and smoothies. One of the cafe’s most popular features is its 10-meal meal plans, available for $8 per meal. To check out all the details on that option and view the current menu, visit www.fitfoodzcafe.com.
The meal plan might be the MVP for those who are constantly on the go and don’t have time to cook, but dining in at Fit Foodz Cafe is also a great idea for anyone looking for tasty, healthier breakfast, lunch and dinner choices. Every menu item is labeled GF (gluten-free), VEG (vegetarian), V (vegan), or P (paleo) and includes a calorie count, so there are no questions about what you’re ordering. There is a ton of variety to choose from — juices and smoothies, salads, sandwiches, grilled and baked entrees, snacks and desserts.
Enjoy hot breakfast items such as muesli French toast made with egg whites and agave, the harvest scramble with quinoa, egg whites, asparagus, red onion, onions, corn, basil and baked sweet potato rounds, or the power pancakes packed with grains and oats. Appetizers include everything from Asian-inspired seaweed salad and tuna tartar to a healthier twists on classic mozzarella sticks — baked quinoa cheese sticks with garlic, parmesan and egg whites, topped with shredded skim milk mozzarella. One thing you absolutely cannot leave without trying is the avocado bowl. Two avocado halves are stuffed to the brim with a bright and refreshing tomato salsa and feta cheese, and drizzled with a reduced balsamic vinaigrette. The avocado toast trend is dying, and avocado bowls are here to take over!
When looking for lighter options at other restaurants and cafes, you may be limited to a salad, but not at Fit Foodz Cafe. The amount of sandwiches, wraps, bowls and entrees will have your head spinning. Get a veggie, turkey or Angus beef burger and choose from four different preparations, all served bunless (but you can add a whole grain bun for an extra $1.50). Enjoy an Energy Bowl with black beans, brown rice, salsa and skim milk mozzarella and pick your protein: chicken, steak or tofu.
Additionally, there are over 10 other “bowls” with options like the Power Bowl with mixed greens, avocado, hard boiled egg, unsalted pistachios, roasted chickpeas, craisins and goat cheese; the Buddha Bowl with chopped sweet potato, roasted chickpeas, cabbage, carrots, quinoa, hummus and mixed greens; and the Killer Kale Salad with chopped raw kale, carrots, cabbage, fresh strawberries and blueberries, quinoa, edamame and sunflower seeds. These three bowls come with the house-made vegan “SUE-per” sauce, named after the owner. You’d never know this sauce was vegan. It’s made with tofu to give it that creamy consistency you know and love in traditional dressings. Another fan favorite is the Quinoa Fried Rice — the same great flavor and aroma that you’ll find at your favorite Chinese buffet, minus the salt-induced bloating that follows.
Even though the holiday hoopla is over, we all still crave dessert, right? The baked goods at Fit Foodz Cafe are not to be missed. Many of the treats are vegan, gluten-free and made with good-for-you ingredients. This is one place where guilt-free dessert has true meaning! Expect everything from homemade granola bars, dairy and gluten-free chocolate chickpea brownies and whole wheat chip muffins and banana bread to naturally gluten-free almond butter cookies, tofu mousse cups, and cookie sandwiches made with vegan vanilla icing.
Fit Foodz Cafe is located at 9704 Clint Moore Rd., Suite A-108, Boca Raton, FL 33496. The cafe is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.